274-1 Jegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, historic site no. 436 Since antiquity, Koreans have held a ceremonial rite dedicated to the Chinese emperor Shennong and the mythological hero Houjik, as gods who revealed the secrets of agriculture to the Korean people. Built in 1475, Joseon kings have made it an annual tradition to take up plowing around the Seonnong altar in order to promote agriculture. The traditional rite was suspended in 1908 due to the Japanese occupation of the peninsula, but has since resumed from 1979
The Seoul Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Museum was established in 2006 to introduce people to the excellent effectiveness of Korean oriental medicine, and to preserve and pass on its history and culture. The museum has about 420 oriental medicine-related artifacts on display, as well as 360 different types of medicinal herbs.
Admission : Free
Closed : Mondays, January 1st, Seollal, Chuseok
Website : http://museum.ddm.go.kr
During the Joseon Dynasty, Gyeongdong Market (Kyungdong Market) was originally a "bojewon", a place that provided free accommodation for travelers and helped the people in need suffering from poverty and illness by helping them to heal. It is comprised of Seoul Yangnyeong Market, Gyeongdong New Market, Gyeongdong Old Market, the Gyeongdong Building, Hansol Donguibogam, and other similar markets located in Jegi-dong, Yongdu-dong, and Jeonnong-dong of Dongdaemun-gu. Seoul Yangnyeong Market is one of the most famous oriental medicine markets in Korea. The market slowly started to establish itself in the late 1960s when small medicinal herbs stores started opening one by one. Today, the market has grown to become the nation's largest oriental medicine market, with 70% of all oriental medicine traded in Korea going through here and more than 1,000 oriental medicine shops and clinics are located in this area.